Australian Cuisine 13/04/2018

There is more to Australian Cuisine than just Vegemite, Yowie Chocolate and Fosters Beer. Australia has a diverse selection of foods. As this piece comes on Friday the 13th, here are 13 dishes to calm down the superstitious and gives the rest an excuse to taste fine food.

Sausage sanger

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Given Australia's love of the outdoors, barbeques are popular and sausage or snag in Aussie slang. They can be served on their own but grab a single slice of bread, fried onion and tomato sauce and you got a classic yet delicious lunch-time meal for Australians commonly known as the sausage  sanger (or sausage sandwich to non-Australians).

Lamb Roast

Known as the national dish of Australia due to it being the most popular, Australians love a lamb roast for a Sunday lunch.  It is best served with a lot of baked potatoes and flavoured with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Whether it’s the leg or a fillet, add some gravy or pepper sauce to the nutritious meal to give it that extra kick.

Chicken Parmigiana

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An Italian dish, Chicken parmigiana has become a part of Australian cuisine. It is a chicken schnitzel topped with Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese and can be topped with ham. Vegetarians can replace the chicken with eggplant. This dish pairs well with a beer hence why it is a pub classic.

Spag Bol

Even though an Italian dish, spaghetti Bolognese is commonly enjoyed in Australia to the point where it is called Spag Bol and jokily called the national dish of Australia. Usually served Aussie beef and in the usual way with spaghetti and Bolognese sauce, Australians also like to add mushrooms to give it more taste and add to their one in five daily intake of fruit and veg.


The term “Shrimp on the Barbie” has a reason. Aussies love barbeques and seafood. The most common fish is Barramundi. Coming from the Aboriginal name for large-scaled silver fish, this fish dish is common in Australia for its delicious taste.


Meat Pies

Australian love pies. However, there prefer to have them savoury.  Meat pies are available in most shops and bakeries having a display case with lots of hot meaty pies to choose from. There are various from Thai chicken curry to seafood but the most common one stuffed with minced meat, mushrooms, gravy, onions, and cheese. Whatever is in them, this dish can be found every social event and can be a friend after a big night out.

Fast Food

Fast food can be found all over the world. However, Aussies preferences is Fish and Chips because as mentioned, seafood is enjoyed over there. If you want a hamburger Australian shtyle, just put a piece of beetroot on top of the patty. A hamburger with ‘the lot’ would have the meat, beetroot, tomato, lettuce, bacon, egg, and pineapple.

Chiko Roll

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A not so common fast food found in Australia is the Chiko roll. This deep-fried snack contains beef, barley, cabbage, carrot, celery, green beans, onion, and spices all in a battered tube. Chiko rolls are served at local takeaways or by snack vendors at train stations. Its inventor created as a food to enjoy while watching a game of football and have with a beer.


A common dessert in the Western world, the pavlova is a dessert favourite of the Australians. With its wispy meringue base, A meringue cake smothered in a layer of freshly whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit like kiwis and berries, many Aussies concern it an important part of a barbeque to enjoy once all the savoury food has been devoured.


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This square-shaped sponge delicious cake is often referred to as the National Cake of Australia and is the pride of many a mother's kitchen.

Coated in a layer of chocolate icing and sprinkled with coconut with a layer of cream or jam in the middle, this beautiful cake can be found in cafes, school bakes and fundraisers pairing well with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Tim Tams

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Made by Arnotts the Tim Tam is Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit. It consists of two malted biscuits separated by a light chocolate cream filling and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate. They are also quite addictive to those with a sweet tooth.


Anzac biscuit

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Anzac biscuits are made with a combination of butter, oats, golden syrup, flour, coconut, and bi-carbonate of soda that were served to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War I as a source of necessary nutrition. Today, everyone can enjoy them as a snack with their tea or coffee.


Neenish tart

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The Neenish tart is a gelatine-set cream-filled delight, traditionally iced in two different colours. Usually the combination of white and pink, pink and brown or brown and white. The first known recipe for Neenish tart dates back to 1903 appearing in the Daily Telegraph of Launceston. Can be served as a tasty side with a cup of tea or coffee.


Written by: Diarmuid Crowley from StayPlanet



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